There was a time when the push for turning green was all about helping the environment and the future of our planet. These days the reasons to go green are a lot greater than that, in fact, when you turn your attention to living a greener lifestyle, you will be saving a lot more than the planet, you will be saving a few dollars.
Lower fuel costs
Unless you work at home, there is a good chance that you will need to do a little commute. Gas prices are high enough already without having to add that expense to your monthly budget. Consider carpooling with someone else heading in the same direction. If that is not an option, and you work close enough, try using a bike, your health and the planet will both thank you for it.
Improve your energy consumption
High-energy usage is detrimental to the planet and your budget. The good news is that you have the power to do something about it. Spend a little to save a lot, begin by installing a programmable thermostat and stop adjusting the setting. Look for any leaks that may exist in the home or business and plug them. Try using sensor recognizing switches so your lights turn off when you leave the room.
Many diets consist of large amounts of meat, and this industry by itself is a major contributor of greenhouse emissions. As human beings there are other ways for us to secure our iron and protein. Meat is also one of the more expensive items on your grocery bill. Consider planting your own vegetable garden where you can control the use of unwanted chemicals. This will help you cut your food bill in half, and your health will immediately improve. If you insist on eating meat, take your business to a store that promotes natural healthy animal growth.
The value of water
There is no question that the human body needs water, so don't waste it. High water consumption in the shower can increase your water bill and your energy bill through the hot water heater. Drinking a lot of water is a good thing, but rather than purchasing bottled water by the case and having to think about where your used plastic bottles will end up, consider investing in a water filter to add to your faucet instead. You need the water, but the planet does not need to increase the landfill.
Tim Smith writes for Modernize.